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May
24
Fri
Veterans march for PTSD May 24 @ Veterans Memorial Park
May 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Veterans march for PTSD May 24

Thousands March to Raise Awareness for PTSD and Veteran Suicide. Chicago Veterans will walk 20 miles from Glencoe to Chicago on May 24th 

Chicago Veterans announced today that it will host their 6th Annual Chicago Veterans Ruck March on Friday, May 24th, 2019. The march will begin at 8 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Glencoe and end at North Avenue Beach on Chicago’s lakefront.

For the sixth year in a row, Chicago Veterans will be joined by over 2,000 fellow veterans, family members and friends who will march 20 miles to honor and remember military men and women who were lost at home and on the battlefield. They will march with combat boots and rucksacks through the suburbs of Winnetka, Wilmette, and Evanston, before arriving in Chicago around 4 p.m. Along the way, they will raise awareness for PTSD and the epidemic that surrounds veteran suicide. The 20-mile ruck represents the 20 veterans that are lost every single day to suicide, according to a study done by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Our goal is to continue raising awareness and hopefully reach our brothers and sisters who might be suffering in silence,” said Kevin Barszcz, President of Chicago Veterans. “Raising awareness for PTSD and the veteran suicide epidemic is especially close to our hearts and something that effects the entire Chicagoland community. We hope to reach as many veterans as possible and let our brother and sisters know they are not alone.”

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We invite all veterans, family, friends and supporters to join us and help raise as much awareness as possible. For more information and to register for the event click here: https://fundraise.chicagovets.org/event/chicago-veterans-ruck-march-2019/e219012.

Event Details

What: Chicago Veterans Ruck March

When: Friday, May 24, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Start: Veterans Memorial Park, 299 Park Ave, Glencoe, IL

End: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL

Web: www.chicagovets.org/ruckmarch2019

Official 2018 Ruck March Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoTVkxGJLLQ

About Chicago Veterans

Chicago Veterans is a local nonprofit organization founded by a group of local veterans, focused on empowering veterans to take control of their transition throughout life.


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Jun
2
Sun
Candlewick Lake & Links Festival scheduled @ Candlewick Lake
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Candlewick Lake & Links Festival scheduled

Candlewick Lake Association
LAKE & LINKS FEST 2019
Sunday, June 2 – 12 Noon until 5:00 PM
Gates open to the Public

Candlewick Lake boat docked at recreation center restaurant

Candlewick Lake boat docked at recreation center restaurant

Candlewick Lake Association

LAKE & LINKS FEST 2019

Sunday, June 2nd   Noon until 5:00 pm

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Gates open to the Public

TIMED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

While there is no entry fee there is a nominal fee to participate in some of the activities and for food & beverages

  • Noon – 2:30pm: Espinosa and Coffey perform at the Recreation Center
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Cakewalk at the Recreation Center hosted by the Events Commission.
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Closest to the Pin Contest on Hole #9 at the Savannah Oaks Golf Course hosted by the Golf Commission
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm:Multiple Open Houses throughout the Community Available for Viewing: List of homes and map available upon request from the east & west gates and at the Realtor Tent.
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Putting Contest at the Savannah Oaks Golf Course; hosted by the Golf Commission
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm: Trinadora Duo perform at the Recreation Center
  • 4:15pm: 50/50 RafflePing Pong Ball Drop at the Savannah Oaks Club House; hosted by the Golf Commission
  • Noon – 5:00pm (includes all the listings below):
  • Food & Beverages at the Recreation Center (Marvin’s Tacos, The Olive Branch, and JPG Concessions); at Friendship Park (Pizza Fresca Cucina); and at the Savannah Oaks Club House (order from the Club House menu)
  • Bernie “Catfish” Miese and Chad Foster perform at the Savannah Oaks Club House; hosted by the Golf Commission
  • Free Pontoon Boat Rides on the Lake from the Recreation Center & Friendship Park (lakeside)
  • Kids Fun Fair including the following games: Fish Pond, Bean Bag Toss, Bozo Buckets, Sucker Pull, Pluck-a-Duck at the Recreation Center (lakeside).
  • Craft Show in the Recreation Center
  • Large & Small Raffle Ticket Sales at the Recreation Center (lakeside). Raffle ticket prices: Large Raffle $3.00 each and Small Raffle $1.00 each. Winner need not be present to win, but will need to pick up item(s) no later than Friday, June 15th. Portion of ticket sales will go to the Superhero Center for Autism in Loves Park and the Candlewick Lake Assn. Lake Management Commission for a rain garden bridge project.
  • Savannah Oaks Golf Course Open to Non-Resident who have made reservations by calling 815-339-0500 x 400
  • Car Show at Friendship Park
  • Various Info Tents at the Recreation Center including: CWL Info Tent hosted by the Communications Commission, Public Safety Commission Tent, Lake Management Commission Tent; Belvidere/Boone County Food Tent (donations welcomed); Superheroes Center for Autism Tent. Some tents are selling items; some tents are hosting free raffles.
  • 5:00pm: Large & Small Raffle Winners Drawn at the Recreation Center


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Jun
3
Mon
Junior Cadet & Fire Safety camp registrations start Monday June 3 @ Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Junior Cadet & Fire Safety camp registrations start Monday June 3

Registration will be held for the popular Orland Fire Protection District’s “Junior Cadet Camp” and for the equally popular Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp, both beginning on Monday, June 3, 2019, from 9 AM until 3 PM. (Both camps fill up quickly so don’t delay!)

The Junior Cadet Camp is being offered again this year as a one-day camp and will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM.

The Junior Cadet Camp gives students an opportunity to explore Fire Rescue & EMS careers by providing a combination of classroom and side-by-side training with our current Cadets and Firefighters.

Camp Registration will be held at the Administration Building, 9790 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, IL 60462.

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Participation is limited to the first 15 applicants between the ages of 13 and 16 years-of-age and who reside in the Orland Fire Protection District.

Firefighters battle a fire at a vacant two-story building Monday afternoon (Oct. 9, 2017) at 108th Avenue near Oakland Drive. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

Firefighters battle a fire at a vacant two-story building Monday afternoon (Oct. 9, 2017) at 108th Avenue near Oakland Drive. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp

The Orland Fire Protection District’s Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp is being offered again this summer as a three-day camp beginning on Wednesday, July 17th and ending on Friday, July 19th.  

Camp times are 8:30 AM – Noon.  This camp will be offered to the first 40 children between the ages of 8-12 years old.  This camp is fun and interactive. The campers will receive classroom and outside activities.

Requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 8-12
  • Must be a resident of the Orland Fire Protection District

Must bring in child’s report card for proof of residency

For more information visit www.OrlandFire.org.


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Jul
20
Sat
OFPD celebrates 50th Anniversary at July 20 Open House @ Orland Fire Protection District Training Center
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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OFPD celebrates 50th Anniversary at July 20 Open House

Please tell your family and friends to come to our special 50thAnniversary as a fire district and Annual Open House!  It will be held on Saturday, July 20,2019 from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Training Center at 10728 W. 163rd Place, Orland Park, Illinois.

The Orland Fire Protection Disturict Open House features a wide range of demonstrations showcasing how firefighters address various emergency situations.

On display, different major fire equipment that was used 50 years ago and what is used now for emergency responses will be shown.  A surprise scenario will be displayed at some point during the day.  We will have food, refreshments, games, reptile show, activities, music, and much more!

Orland Firefighters battle blaze at Open House event

Orland Firefighters battle blaze at Open House event

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Sep
12
Thu
Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library @ Orland Park Library
Sep 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
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Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library

Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.

Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.

An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).

A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York.  In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.

Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.

Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.

For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.

Sam Buca's Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sam Buca’s Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster


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